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Kier fined £160k after Everton FC death fall

Kier North West has been fined £160,000 after a builder suffered a fatal fall while working on Everton Football Club’s new training academy.

Karl Davis, of Wallasey, fell through a window frame at the building in Halewood when a guard rail gave way. The 43-year-old lay in a coma for three months before dying in May 2007.

Kier North West pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to failing to ensure the safety of the workers, and was ordered to pay £43,993 in costs.

The court heard that on 27 February 2007, a rubbish chute had been attached to the guard rail at the Finch lane site. The site management team failed to ensure that the chute could withstand the weight of the rubbish being thrown down it.

HSE inspector Robert Hodkinson said: “What is incredibly sad about this incident is that a man lost his life when equipment installed to make the work safer failed.

“If Kier North West had ensured the rubbish chute was attached to a structure which could support its weight then Mr Davis would still be alive today.”

A spokeswoman for Kier North West said: “Kier appreciates and accepts that it is accountable for this tragic incident.

“The group takes the health and safety of its workforce extremely seriously and has taken every opportunity to revisit and reinforce its site safety procedures.

“Our thoughts remain with Karl’s family.”